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Jennifer Welter becomes first female non-kicker to play in pro football game

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Many people think there isn't a lot of football news now that both college and the NFL is over until the fall, but there was some big news over this past weekend. As reported by The Post Game on Feb. 17, 2014, Jennifer Welter made history by becoming the first female non-kicker to play in a professional football game.

She took some hard shots too, but kept getting right back up.

Playing running back for the Texas Revolution of the Indoor Football League, the 36-year-old Welter got three carries.

Her first play against the North Texas Crunch came halfway through the third quarter. She took the handoff about two yards out of the end zone and tried to make it around the left tackle. She was met quickly by defensive lineman Cedric Hearvey for a one-yard loss.

The 5-foot-2, 130 pound Jennifer Welter was not really fazed by the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hearvey.

"I said, 'Is that all you got?'" Welter asked Hearvey. "I didn't want them to think I was intimidated."

Welter was a star linebacker for 10 years for the Dallas Diamonds in the Women's Football Alliance.

This is not the first time that a female has gotten dressed and been on the field in professional football, but it is the first time that a female has played a contact position. Jennifer Welter is far from done, but she already has made sports' history.

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